Celtics vs Suns predictions Prediction: Celtics +5 (-110) Prediction: Under 214.5 (-110) Best bet: Celtics +5 (-110)
How does Sportsline’s pick for Celtics vs Suns work?
SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total, with just two players projected to score more than 17 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in almost 70 percent of simulations. You can only get the model’s Celtics vs. Suns picks at SportsLine. So who wins Suns vs.
What channel is the Phoenix Suns-Boston Celtics game on?
For a side note, the game will air live via Bally Sports Arizona, NBA League Pass and NBC Sports Boston. Referring to Land of Basketball’s database, based on 132 head-to-head regular season games played all-time, Boston is 73-59 versus Phoenix. However, in the past three head-to-head meetings, the Suns are 2-1 against them.
How good is the Boston Celtics defense?
Boston is very good on the defensive glass, securing more than 73 percent of available rebounds, and the Celtics create more than 14 turnovers per game. Opponents are shooting just 44. 2 percent from the floor, and Boston is giving up only 42. 9 points per game in the paint and 12. 3 second-chance points per game.
Why the Celtics can cover
Boston is led by Jayson Tatum, and the excellent two-way forward is putting up 25.7 points and 8.8 rebounds per game this season. The Celtics are above-average in taking care of the ball on offense, committing a turnover on only 13.8 percent of possessions, and Boston is the No. 1 team in the NBA in free-throw accuracy at 82.2 percent.
Why the Suns can cover
No team in the NBA is playing better than the Suns. Phoenix is 19-1 in the last 20 games, with the only defeat coming at the hands of the Golden State Warriors in a road tilt without Booker. Phoenix’s offense, led in part by Chris Paul, garners the headlines, and the Suns are excellent on that end of the floor.
How to make Celtics vs. Suns picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total, with the teams projected to combine for 214 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits over 50 percent of the time. You can only see the model’s pick at SportsLine.
Phoenix Suns Preview
The Phoenix Suns’ early-season struggles would be shortlived as they went on an 18-game winning streak to see them at the top of the Western Conference leaderboard.
Key Player – Chris Paul
The Phoenix Suns will look to Chris Paul to be their key player in this game against the Boston Celtics.
Phoenix Suns Predicted Lineup
G – Chris Paul | G – Devin Booker | F – Mikal Bridges | F – Cameron Johnson | C – Jalen Smith
Boston Celtics Preview
The Boston Celtics have struggled to establish consistency this season. With a long list of problems within their style of play and identity as a team, the Celtics have additionally struggled with maintaining a healthy roster for long stretches of time.
Key Player – Robert Williams III
The Boston Celtics will look to Robert Williams III to be their key player in this matchup against the Phoenix Suns.
Boston Celtics Predicted Lineup
G – Marcus Smart | G – Romeo Langford | F – Jaylen Brown | F – Al Horford | F – Robert Williams III
Suns vs Celtics Match Predictions
The Phoenix Suns vs. Boston Celtics match should be an interesting watch. The Suns emerged as the winners in the previous meeting between the two teams.
Suns vs. Celtics Odds
The Suns have both big men Deandre Ayton and JaVale McGee in the league’s health and safety protocols and they are joined by Jae Crowder and Abdel Nader. These absences hurt not only their depth but their defense on both the perimeter and the interior.
When these two teams played on Dec. 10, a major reason for the Suns’ success and 21-point victory was their advantage on the glass. They won that battle 53-46. However, without McGee and Ayton I think this will be difficult to replicate considering both these teams are neck and neck in Rebounding Rate.
Celtics Need to Figure Things Out Fast
There have been cracks in the Celtics’ armor for at least two-plus seasons now. Last year, I was constantly calling out Brad Stevens in articles and on any basketball show that I do on social media (check out the BMR NBA Show ).
Suns Are the Real Deal
The Suns have faced adversity of their own in the form of injuries to both Devon Booker and DeAndre Ayton at different points of the season. That hasn’t stopped them from being a dominant force. There was always a concern of a Finals hangover but this team is all business all the time.
After largely avoiding the NBA health and safety protocols or at least not having copious players out together the virus seems to have caught up with Phoenix as Deandre Ayton and Jae Crowder entered protocols.
The losing streak has hit three games in a row for the Celtics amid more of the team going into health and safety protocols including their superstar Jayson Tatum.
Free Phoenix Suns vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction
Defensive matchups will be key especially if any of the core currently in protocols returns. Williams and Ayton would offset each other while Bridges will be tasked with Brown (or Tatum if he returns).
Phoenix Suns vs. Boston Celtics news
Comparing these teams’ betting statistics for this matchup, the Suns are 18-16 against the spread in the 2021-22 NBA regular season, while the Celtics are 17-17-1 against the spread. This contest will begin at 1 p.m. ET. For a side note, the game will air live via Bally Sports Arizona, NBA League Pass and NBC Sports Boston.
Phoenix Suns vs. Boston Celtics injury report
Suns: C JaVale McGee (out) | PF Jae Crowder (out) | PG Elfrid Payton (probable) | C Frank Kaminski (out indefinitely) | SF Abdel Nader (out) | C Dario Saric (out indefinitely) | C Deandre Ayton (out indefinitely) | PF Ish Wainright (probable)
Phoenix Suns vs. Boston Celtics preview
Additionally, in the Suns’ 115-97 home win over the Thunder on Wednesday, guard Devin Booker scored a team-high 38 points in 36 minutes on the court. JaVale McGee and Cameron Payne each contributed 16 points as well. Needless to say, this game was never close. In the fourth quarter, Phoenix outscored Oklahoma City 30 to 16.
Phoenix Suns vs. Boston Celtics prediction
Furthermore, the total for Friday’s interconference matchup is set at 215. Per the spread consensus, 62% of gamblers are hoping the Suns will cover the spread at TD Garden. With respect to the point total consensus, 61% of bettors are predicting the total will go over 215.
Phoenix Suns vs. Boston Celtics betting pick
Pick the Suns to win, they will cover the spread and the total will go over 215. Phoenix is a 4.5-point favorite on the road with BetOnline.
The Celtics have struggled on the road out west, only picking up a win over the Portland Trail Blazers, who were playing without both guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. They are 7-9 on the road overall and have lost five of their last eight games overall.
Against the spread
The Celtics are 13-12-1 ATS on the season and are 2-2 ATS on this road trip. They are 9-6-1 ATS on the road this season.